Priceville finishes 2nd in county
Priceville’s Lady Bulldogs claimed the runner-up trophy in the Morgan County Softball Tournament after falling to Austin’s Lady Black Bears 4-1 in the championship game at Wilson Morgan Park in Decatur Saturday night.
The Lady Bulldogs reached the final after defeating Decatur 6-1 in a first round game and out-slugging Hartselle 12-2 in the semifinal round.
Austin scored three of its four runs in the first inning and prevailed the rest of the way behind the six-hit pitching of Lauren Lindsey.
The Lady Bulldogs loaded the bases in the fifth inning but were unable to score. Their only run came in the sixth on the strength of Danielle Richard’s double to deep center field.
Shayna Bond relieved her sister, Meaghan Bond, on the mound in the third inning and allowed only one run on four hits while striking out three and walking one.
Richard and McKenzie Parker each had two hits to pace the Lady Bulldogs at the plate.
In their win against Hartselle, the Lady Bulldogs scored four runs in the first inning, one in the second, three in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Richard led Priceville’s attack with four hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored four runs. Mandy Bunnell had an inside-the-park home run, and Meaghan Bond had a double and a pair of singles and scored a run.
Shayna Bond was the winning pitcher, allowing only four hits.
Hartselle’s hitters were Sarah Ellen Battles with a single and a run scored, Amber Hicks with a double and an RBI, and Emily Nix, Savannah Holes and Allie Hill with a single each.
The Lady Tigers competed in the tournament without nine seniors, one sophomore and four of its junior varsity players due to a conflict with the school’s junior-senior prom.
Morgan County All-Tournament team
Danville—Keri Callahan and Haley Garnett
Brewer—Anna Stephens and Shelby Dooley
West Morgan—Hannah Harris and Alexis Casteel
Falkville—Sarah Goodman and Jessie Thompson
Decatur—Scarlet Wright and Meg Whitten
Priceville—Mandy Buneell, Danielle Richard and Meaghan Bond
Austin—Lauren Lindsey, Libby Ann O’Linger Allie Garland and Ashton Cowan